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Chance in Physics

Foundations and Perspectives

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Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Physics (LNP, volume 574)

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

  3. Classical Statistical Mechanics

    1. The Rise of Statistical Mechanics

      • Carlo Cercignani
      Pages 25-38
    2. Boltzmann’s Approach to Statistical Mechanics

      • Sheldon Goldstein
      Pages 39-54
    3. The Direction of Time

      • Oliver Penrose
      Pages 61-82
  4. Quantum Mechanics

    1. Bohmian Mechanics

      • Detlef Dürr
      Pages 115-131
    2. Space Time and Probability

      • Simon W. Saunders
      Pages 157-165
    3. Perspectives of the Dynamical Reduction Program

      • Gian Carlo Ghirardi
      Pages 183-193
    4. Relativistic Theory of Continuous Measurements

      • Heinz-Peter Breuer, Francesco Petruccione
      Pages 195-212
    5. Probabilistic Results for Six Detectors in a Three-Particle GHZ Experiment

      • José Acacio de Barros, Patrick Suppes
      Pages 213-223
    6. Classical Versus Quantum Probabilities

      • Enrico G. Beltrametti
      Pages 225-232
  5. Chaotic Systems

    1. Does Quantum Chaos Exist?

      • Andreas Knauf
      Pages 235-241

About this book

This selection of reviews and papers is intended to stimulate renewed reflection on the fundamental and practical aspects of probability in physics. While putting emphasis on conceptual aspects in the foundations of statistical and quantum mechanics, the book deals with the philosophy of probability in its interrelation with mathematics and physics in general. Addressing graduate students and researchers in physics and mathematics togehter with philosophers of science, the contributions avoid cumbersome technicalities in order to make the book worthwhile reading for nonspecialists and specialists alike.

Keywords

  • Bohmian mechanics
  • dynamical systems
  • interpret
  • philosophy
  • probability
  • quantum chaos
  • quantum mechanics
  • reduction
  • science

Editors and Affiliations

  • Fyma: Unité de physique theorique et de physique mathematique, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium

    Jean Bricmont

  • Department of Theoretical Physics, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

    Giancarlo Ghirardi

  • Mathematisches Institut, Universiät München, München, Germany

    Detlef Dürr

  • Fakultät für Physik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany

    Francesco Petruccione

  • Dipartimento di Fisica, Bologna, Italy

    Maria Carla Galavotti

  • Dipartimento di Fisica, Genova, Italy

    Nino Zanghi

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